"'In America,' he told me, 'In America, we sell hamburgers.'"
But Nabil Haddad didn't have a clue what a hamburger was. It was 1958, and Haddad was looking for a job.
Earlier that year, tensions started escalating between Christians and Muslims in Lebanon. Haddad's father sent him to Baghdad, Iraq, for refuge. Seven days after Haddad arrived, the Iraqi Revolution broke out.
"There was a lot of killing, dragging colonels and generals in the streets naked ... It was atrocious," Haddad says.